French and Francophone Option Degree Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the French and Francophone major. In addition to the requirements, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both the anthropology advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.


Total French Credits

27 credits

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • French 324 - Contemporary French Language and Culture, 3 credits
  • French 325 - Intensive Grammar and Usage, 3 credits
  • French 332(322) - Approaches to Poetry and Fiction. 3 credits

(These courses may be taken in any order, including simultaneously; however, the department recommends taking them in the order listed here.)

Required Courses (6 credits)

6 credits in the following:

  • French 428 - Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture, 3 credits
  • French 429 - Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture, 3 credits
  • French 430 - Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries, 3 credits

The student satisfies the research requirement of the College of Letters & Science by taking any one of the preceding courses at UWM or by taking any of the following courses at UWM: French 431, 432, 433, 450, 510, or 592. Students taking any of these courses and wishing to fulfill the research requirement should inform their instructor at the beginning of the semester in which they take the course.

Electives (12 credits)

12 additional credits in courses numbered above 350 for a total of at least 27 credits in advanced-level French courses.

Additional Requirements

At least 15 credits numbered above French 303 must be taken in residence at UWM.

All majors are required to pass an advanced language proficiency examination, which they are advised to take during the semester in which they complete 18 credits in the major.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.000 GPA on all credits in the major, including any transfer work.